On Sunday afternoon, LeBron James offered another reminder of how silly it was to ever doubt his performance in the clutch.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz-3ItHYeiQAfter the game, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst tweeted that James has now made more go-ahead shots at the end of playoff games than Michael Jordan. (It’s not the only area in which James is Jordan’s statistical peer in the postseason.)Windhorst’s definition for what constitutes a game-winning shot is as good as any — it covers all potential go-ahead field-goal attempts with five or fewer seconds remaining in the fourth quarter (or overtime) of playoff games. At Basketball-Reference.com, I was able to find 10 such attempts for James: five makes and five misses.1I’m not sure what accounts for the discrepancy with Windhorst’s numbers (he has James as 6-for-10), but for the remainder of this post, I will use Basketball-Reference.com as my data source. How does that stack up to other playoff performers over the years?Unfortunately, Jordan’s playoff career predates BBR’s shot-by-shot database by three seasons, but the site does have a record of every such shot attempted since the 2001 playoffs. And in those go-ahead situations (after accounting for the leverage of the game in which each shot occurred), nobody has a better record relative to expectations2As measured by points generated per shot above what would be expected from the distance of the shot. than James — particularly not his longtime nemesis Kobe Bryant, who sits at the opposite end of the list.Relative to the league-wide average, James generated 4.8 more total points than expected on his go-ahead shots, which translates to about one entire playoff win beyond what an average shooter would have contributed from the same field-goal distances. And those numbers become magnified when you consider that James’s average go-ahead shot came in a playoff game with championship implications 34 percent greater than the typical postseason contest. After we weight by the leverage of his specific game-winning shot attempts, James generated the equivalent3At normal playoff conditions. of 8.5 more points than expected, or roughly two playoff wins above average, with his clutch end-of-game shooting alone.(By contrast, Bryant generated 3.2 fewer points than expected and did it in games that were about 64 percent more important than the average playoff game, compounding the damage of his 1-for-10 performance.)So there’s no doubting James’s history of knocking down big playoff shots. But what’s also interesting about the list above is that the trailing section contains slightly better players, on balance; the bottom 10 players have tallied 1,090 wins above replacement (WAR), versus 987 WAR for the top 10.Granted, there’s essentially no relationship between career WAR and leverage-weighted net expected points for the entire sample of players … but maybe that’s the point. Role players can be called upon to hit huge shots with championship implications just as readily as stars. While James (and Dirk Nowitzki, and Chris Paul, to name a few) are all-time greats, the fact that the likes of Rashard Lewis and Metta World Peace also rank so highly — and Bryant fares so poorly — might speak as much as anything else to the unpredictability of who steps up and changes the course of NBA history with a clutch shot or two.One thing’s for sure, though: James has shown that he’s better at knocking down such consequential buckets than any other player of his generation.
A team led by former federal judge and FBI director Louis Freeh released a report today concluding that leaders at Penn State, including the late legendary football coach Joe Paterno, displayed “total disregard” for the children victimized by assistant coach Sandusky in order to prevent bad publicity in Happy Valley.“Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State,” Freeh said at this morning’s press conference. “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”According to Freeh, the senior officials in question “never demonstrated, through actions or words, a concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.”The report includes several email conversations between deceased former head coach Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley, now retired university vice president Gary Schultz, and university president Graham Spanier.The Paterno family released a statement on Tuesday seeking to refute claims that Paterno helped shield his longtime friend from the consequences of his actions. “Joe Paterno did not know that Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile,” the family statement said. “Joe Paterno did not act in any way to prevent a proper investigation of Jerry Sandusky.”The report by Freeh says otherwise.“Although concern to treat the child abuser humanely was expressly stated, no such sentiments were ever expressed by them for Sandusky’s victims,” the report says.In 2001 Mike McQueary, a graduate assistant at the time, notified Paterno that he saw Sandusky with a teenage boy engaged in what appeared to be anal sex. Paterno then proceeded to alert Curley and Schultz, who decided not to alert law enforcement or child welfare authorities, as they were required by law to do.Both Curley and Schultz are awaiting trial on charges they lied to a grand jury that was investigating Sandusky as well as the aforementioned failure to report what McQueary told them.The report concluded “in order to avoid consequences of bad publicity, Curley, Paterno, Schultz and Spanier repeatedly concealed critical facts related to Sandusky’s child abuse from the authorities.”
Dante Martin was sentenced to six years in prison.Dante Martin was sentenced to six years in prison for manslaughter and felony hazing in the death of Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion, but the victim’s family was dissatisfied with the punishment.“If people are not held accountable for what they are doing, then what is the system about?” Champion’s mother, Pam Champion, said. “That’s the key in sending a strong message. That’s what we’re missing here.”Prosecutors sought nine years in Champion’s beating death during a November 2011 band hazing incident. Multiple character witnesses and several letters of support persuaded Judge Renee Roche to give Martin a lenient sentence. She called him a “remarkable young man” and said she wanted him after prison to have a life he could develop.“Forgiveness doesn’t have a role in the legal system. The role of the legal system is punishment,” Roche said. “All other things are secondary.”Martin was convicted in October during a trial in which prosecutors said he was the ringleader of the ritual. Defense attorney Dino Michaels said he planned to appeal the sentence. Martin was the first of 15 former band members to stand trial in the death of Champion, who was from Decatur, Georgia, outside of Atlanta.The case crystalized the little-known culture of hazing in FAMU’s noted Marching 100 band, which was suspended for more than a year while school administrators worked to reset the program. Champion’s parents said a stiffer penalty for their child’s death would have served as a greater deterrent for future abuses. They also disagreed with the notion their son consented to hazing.Martin was visibly nervous at times during the hearing. He was remorseful in addressing Champion’s family. “This is something I will live with for the rest of my life,” Martin said.Previously, former band member Jessie Baskin received 51 weeks in county jail after pleading no contest to manslaughter charges. Several others have been sentenced to combinations of community service and probation. The final three former band members charged in Champion’s death have trials set for April.While they wanted a longer sentence for Martin, the victim’s father said he does not possess any disdain for any of the defendants.“This is a decision that [Martin] made,” Robert Champion Sr. said. “And sometimes you make a wrong decision; you have to pay the price for that.”
This part of the NBA calendar typically sees players changing addresses more often than team executives. So it’s an abrupt change of pace to see the Los Angeles Lakers name Magic Johnson their new president of basketball operations, thus pushing out general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss just two days before the trade deadline. The move has instant ramifications for how the Lakers will run their business, and may have even more drastic implications for the future of the franchise’s young players.It’s unclear exactly what sort of team president Johnson will make. But he’s laid out a few thoughts explaining his shortcomings, and how he may ultimately handle the job.Johnson, who once played for, coached and held ownership stake in the Lakers, acknowledged this month that he doesn’t have a firm grasp of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement or the salary cap. He added he’s been spending time getting up to speed. (Brushing up on tampering rules — which he violated last year— might be a good idea, too.)Johnson has also been clear in saying he’d like to recruit friend and fellow Lakers legend Kobe Bryant to join him in the front office. (There are reports circulating that Bryant’s player agent, Rob Pelinka, is the frontrunner to replace Mitch Kupchak as the team’s general manager.) He and the Lakers will need to walk a fine line if they make an untraditional hire like Pelinka, or someone else who’s never served in such a capacity. The struggling Knicks, currently led by ex-Lakers coach Phil Jackson, have learned the hard way that things can get bumpy when a pair of people at the top of the organization take jobs they’ve never had to do before.Whoever helps him run the team, they’ll be working with a team that finally stepped outside center ring of the NBA’s media circus. It wasn’t that long ago that former head coach Byron Scott was telling reporters he didn’t believe 3-pointers win championships, and Buss was elbowing his way into doomed free agent meetings. Over the last two seasons, though, and especially this season under Walton, the Lakers have fashioned themselves into a modern NBA team.In 2014-15, the Lakers attempted just 18.9 threes per game, which ranked 25th in the league. Last season, the number of attempts per game climbed considerably to 24.6, but largely because of the disintegrating husk of Kobe Bryant, which flung 7.1 threes per night (making just 28.5 percent). This season, they’re attempting 26.4 threes per game (13th in the league) and making 35.4 percent (19th). And after having the league’s second-worst offense on a points per possession basis last season, this season L.A. is… well, still not great, but improving. They’ve successfully worked themselves up into being an average team.But while the team has been moving toward basic competence, there’s some worry that “average” may be this group’s ceiling. And that may explain the move to bring in Johnson. These are the Lakers after all, and the Lakers run on stars.L.A. is stocked with young prospects, but haven’t yet unearthed a drop-dead star. Former No. 2 overall pick D’Angelo Russell is a hugely fun player, but he hasn’t progressed as quickly as many hoped he would after a tumultuous rookie season. Brandon Ingram, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft, has been even worse. Ingram is averaging 8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 27.7 minutes per game on 36.3 percent from the floor, 30.4 percent from three and 65.5 percent from the line. (That’s a 45.1 true shooting percentage, if you were wondering.) Ingram is still valued by the franchise enough that L.A. reportedly would not consider trading him for DeMarcus Cousins, but his play so far this season has been a very bad sign. For instance, an updated CARMELO projection using his stats from this season now predicts he will produce about $34 million over the next five seasons. Coming into the season, those same five years were expected to be equivalent to about $121.3 million in value.Of L.A.’s young prospects, Julius Randle, the third-year power forward taken seventh overall in 2014, has fared the best. Randle’s per-game numbers haven’t budged too much, but Walton has run the offense through Randle for long stretches. Walton was a known Draymond-whisperer during his time as an assistant in Golden State, and it’s not hard to see Green’s imprint when Randle is running the break, hitting runners for easy baskets. Randle’s percent of possessions that end with an assist has nearly doubled, going from 11 last season to 20.2 this season, and the added touches have made him more patient with his own offense as well — his true shooting has crept up to a respectable 53.8, after posting a dismal 48.2 in his first full season. That’s good progress, but likely not at the level Johnson is thinking when he says his goal is to “return our Los Angeles Lakers to NBA champions.”In a lot of ways, the Los Angeles Lakers’ prolonged absence from the national spotlight has been a positive indicator. Troubled franchises tend to make headlines only when something is going cosmically wrong, like the Sacramento Kings trading their best player for a crate of oranges, or the President of the New York Knicks engaging in a Twitter war with a star player who won’t allow himself to be traded. The Lakers’ return to the circus comes at a time when tactical decisions for the franchise’s immediate future are looming, but the basic culture and basketball sensibilities being built around the team are just as important.Johnson used to be part of that culture, and used to define those sensibilities. But shaping a team as a rookie executive is a very different proposition than doing so as a Hall of Fame player. Johnson has a lot of things working in his favor in Los Angeles, but what he won’t have is a player as good as Magic Johnson suiting up every night. It’s up to him to set that right.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and director of player personnel Mark Pantoni added what they hope will be a new Buckeye tradition with the debut of the first annual Friday Night Lights, a one-day football camp for high school football players inside Ohio Stadium. OSU students, alumni and fans were granted free admission into Ohio Stadium Friday to watch more than 100 high school recruits run through drills with the Buckeyes coaching staff. Meyer and Pantoni created the Friday Night Lights camp in 2005 back when both held positions at Florida, and they decided to bring it to Columbus after its successful run in Gainesville, Fla. Some OSU fans like Andrew Warren, an OSU graduate, said they think the camp is another tool that could give Meyer an advantage when it comes to recruiting the top talent in the country. “Most of these kids have probably never worked out in a stadium this big,” Warren said. “I think just being here in front of all these fans will make some of these guys want to commit because it’s a memorable experience.” Clinton Bowman, stepfather of Trotwood-Madison High School running back Ashton Jackson, said that Friday Night Lights is a good idea, but recruiting ultimately leads back to Meyer’s reputation. “This camp, this stadium and these fans are all great but it comes down to coach Meyer at the end of the day,” Bowman said. “When you look at his track record, his two national championships at Florida, and his coaching style, that’s what kids want to be a part of.” The parents of the campers watched from the East side of the stadium, while the general public was permitted entrance to the West side of the stadium. Donte Horton, father of Lakota West High School running back prospect Mikel Horton, said the camp was just as exciting for the parents watching as it was for the campers participating. “It feels great to be out here in this atmosphere watching my son compete against some of the top high school talent,” Horton said. Horton also said the camp is a good experience that will be beneficial for his son going forward. “Now Mikel has a feeling of what is demanded from him on the college level,” Horton said. “I think this will prepare him and motivate him to be the best he can be.” Luke Fickell, co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, Mike Vrabel, defensive line coach, and Everett Withers, co-defensive coordinator, were among the OSU coaches present helping the kids through their drills. Meyer, who began his day at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago Friday morning, led drills and talked to players between reps. Jake Collier, an OSU graduate, said the camp overall was a success, but said there’s room for one improvement next year. “I think it would be helpful if they could pass out some printed rosters in the future so people can keep track of who is who,” Collier said. “Besides that, everything was great.” The camp was also a chance for OSU fans to be in the stadium before September 1, when the Buckeyes open up the season against Miami (Ohio). Kickoff is scheduled for noon.
The Ohio State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams finished the OSU Invitational strong, with the men winning the invitational and the women placing third, behind Florida and Stanford. This contest marked the fourth-consecutive championship in which the No. 10-ranked men’s team finished with 300 or more more points than their competitors. “We really appreciate Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin and everyone else who came to participate in our meet because without great competition, there are not great races or opportunity to compete against good coaches and good programs,” said men’s coach Bill Wadley in a released statement. The men finished the invitational with 10 wins out of the 18 swimming contests the team participated in. Sophomore Steven Zimmerman achieved the team’s first victory in the 200 backstroke with a personal best time of 1:42.85. Senior Jason Schnur concluded the 100 freestyle with his season best time of 43.31 and his third event success at the invitational. Men’s diving junior Shane Miszkiel led the Buckeyes with a score of 363.10 to win the platform finals. The women’s team finished the invitational with a collective 589 points. Altogether, 22 Buckeyes received one individual NCAA “B” time standards and 18 swimmers finished one championship final. Freshman Annie Lazor seized a NCAA “B” time in the 200 breaststroke competition for a time of 2:13.16. Lazor came in sixth overall in the invitational and her time was a best on the season. Junior diver Cheyenne Cousineau earned the one-meter springboard title and placed fourth with 259.85 points in the platform finals. “I’m really pleased,” said women’s coach Bill Dorenkott said in a press release. “We raced tough and consistent for the most part. We got stronger each session, and also got to see a lot in terms of racing and relays.” The men’s and women’s team will compete in a co-ed invitational on Jan. 11, at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion against Wright State.
Following a 19-point loss on the road against Wisconsin Sunday, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is in the process of preparing for yet another stiff test against No. 8 Penn State. With a whole week to prepare for this Sunday’s matchup against the Nittany Lions, OSU coach Jim Foster said he is ready to move past the loss to the Badgers. “That was an effort that we had to address for really the first time this year, and it was addressed and that was it,” Foster said. “Now it’s time to move on and have good practices.” The task of beating Penn State, albeit at home at the Schottenstein Center, might be a tall order for an OSU (11-8, 1-5 Big Ten) squad that has struggled in Big Ten play. “Everybody has to play their role and people weren’t stepping up to the responsibility,” said senior guard Tayler Hill. “Talk is cheap we just have to play together, it’s as simple as that.” Meanwhile, Penn State (16-2, 6-0 Big Ten) heads to Columbus on a 10-game winning streak after defeating Minnesota, 64-59, Thursday. The Nittany Lions are 16-2 on the season and undefeated in conference play with a 6-0 record. In fact, Penn State hasn’t lost a contest since a 67-52 drubbing at the hands of then No. 2-ranked Connecticut. The Nittany Lions are led by junior guard Maggie Lucas, who is averaging 19.8 points per game, and senior guard Alex Bentley, who averages 12.9 points per game. “The nice thing is we have had a week to prepare versus preparing for two games in a week,” said OSU senior forward Emilee Harmon. “They have a great backcourt but so do we, so we just have to come out and take care of business like we know we have the ability to do.” OSU is set to tip off against Penn State at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
Then junior midfielder/forward Ellyn Gruber (5) pushes the ball up the field during a game against Eastern Michigan Aug. 25, 2013. OSU won 2-1 in OT.Credit: Lantern file photoAfter ending its last two games with draws in double overtime, the Ohio State women’s soccer team looks to focus on the task ahead instead of dwelling on the past.“We’re working on getting our mindset right so we don’t go out on the field with a losing mentality,” freshman midfielder Sydney Dudley said. “We know that we can turn the season around but we have to start now.”The Buckeyes are 5-7-2 overall and 2-4-2 in Big Ten play after their latest contest against Maryland and the prior one against Minnesota ended with the score tied. OSU is scheduled to return to the field Thursday afternoon against Michigan State.Senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said while the team wasn’t happy with the results, it has found ways to learn from them.“We’ve played really good soccer both games even though we didn’t get the result that we wanted,” Gruber said. “We’ve taken all the positives that we’ve learned and I think we’re ready for a turning point.”Senior forward Kayla Varner said the team has put the previous games in the past and has put its focus into becoming better during practice.“I think we just put the result behind us and we had a really good practice this week,” Varner said. “We’ve had some of our best soccer played at practice, so we’re moving forward.”Dudley said the team has been working on its defense this week in preparation for the Spartans. Dudley also acknowledged that closing in on opportunities while on offense is something the team wants to improve on.“We’ve tightened up our defense a lot and we’re cutting back on the mistakes we’ve been making,” Dudley said. “Our attack has gotten better but we still need to work on finishing.”Another problem that the Buckeyes could be looking to fix is limiting the number of mental errors on the field such as turnovers and deflected balls turning into goals for the other team. Gruber said the team can’t let fatigue distract them from the game.“You can’t take a break for a second,” Gruber said. “That helps by connecting with your teammates and knowing you’re not alone if you’re getting tired.”With an away record of 1-5-1, the Buckeyes are looking to make a change when they visit the Spartans.Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on in East Lansing, Mich. After the game, OSU is set to make the short trip to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a matchup with Michigan on Sunday at 2 p.m.
OSU then-redshirt junior shortstop Maddy McIntyre (30) throws the ball to first base against Ohio on April 21 at Buckeye Field. OSU defeated Ohio, 12-4. Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State softball team’s 15th Annual Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic, which benefits the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, is scheduled to host 22 teams from three different states on Saturday and Sunday at Buckeye Field and Fred Beekman Park.OSU softball coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said it has been incredible to see the growth of the event since its start in 2001.“We want our players to be significant and to pay it forward,” she said. “Having these powerful women outside of our team join the fight to end breast cancer means a lot to the program.”The event has become one of the largest fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in central Ohio, bringing in more than $200,000 for the Stefanie Spielman Fund over the past 14 years.Redshirt senior catcher and first baseman Erika Leonard said that raising awareness about breast cancer and research is extremely important to her.“My mom had breast cancer and is now going on to be a 17-year survivor,” Leonard said. “Without the advancements in research, my mom might’ve not been here today.”Entrance to the event is a $5 donation, with all proceeds from ticket sales and concessions benefiting the Stefanie Spielman Fund.Madison Spielman, a fourth-year in communications and daughter of the late Stefanie Spielman, said she is grateful for the effort to continue to fight the disease.“It’s a reminder that even after six years since her passing, our mom’s legacy still lives on,” Madison Spielman said. “It means the world to have the support from the school I love.”Redshirt senior shortstop Maddy McIntyre said it is a great feeling for the team to be part of something bigger than each individual.“My favorite part is when the Spielman family comes out and throws the first pitch of the tournament,” McIntyre said.After the first pitch from the Spielman family, OSU is set play against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday at 12:45 p.m.The following day, the team will split into two squads: OSU Scarlet and OSU Gray. Team Scarlet is set to face Northern Kentucky at 9:30 a.m. at Buckeye Field, while Team Gray is scheduled to play Toledo at 11:45 a.m.
OSU redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) scans the field after a snap during the 2017 spring game at Ohio Stadium on April 15. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe last time the Ohio State football team touched the field at Ohio Stadium, they were joined by thousands of fans who jumped from their seats in celebration of former H-back Curtis Samuel’s walk-off touchdown in double overtime against the Michigan Wolverines. Little did players or fans alike know that — thanks to a 31-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Clemson Tigers on Dec. 31 — it would be the last Buckeye touchdown they would see in more than four months. However, at the 2017 spring game, it took just under four minutes for redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett to find redshirt sophomore tight end A.J. Alexander in the back of the endzone — the first sign of many in the afternoon that offseason changes might be paying dividends for the Scarlet and Gray offense. Co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, who joined the team in the offseason, said the improvements seen in Saturday’s game were a direct result of spring practice.“We kind of did a lot of things we’ve been practicing,” he said. “We didn’t necessarily try to hide things. We didn’t try to throw everything out there. I thought we’d had a solid spring, lot of areas need improving, I just wanted — because we’re playing enough young guys — that when we came into the arena, they didn’t make all the good things I’ve seen in practice bigger than it looks.”Wilson, formerly the head coach at Indiana, was described by Barrett as a “competitor” who is “always in attack mode” and has helped the Buckeye offense find its past rhythm.“I think the thing about the Ohio State offense is we’re always on the attack and at times, I think we got away from that,” Barrett said. “But now, (Wilson’s) main focus is to make sure that we’re always on attack and that we’re beating the guy across from us.”While in the spring game the “guy across” was a familiar face, both Team Scarlet and Team Gray had success beating their defensive counterparts. Scarlet posted 460 offensive yards while Gray totaled 385. The majority of yardage for both teams came from the passing game, which was a sore spot at times for the 2016 team. Redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon, who was a highlight for Team Scarlet with 108 yards and two touchdowns, described the passing game as “wonderful” and noted that the receiving group is full of playmakers. “(The offense) feels a lot better,” Dixon said. “We’re doing different things, and we’re attacking situations different. Everything we’re doing is working.”Barrett said this is the best spring he’s had for accuracy, but was quick to add there is still work to be done to become “competitively excellent.” Those areas, he said, include pass protection, downfield passing and finishing plays.“We’ve got to come out pushing and striving to make sure that when it comes to game time, everybody is on the same page and we get those three things accomplished,” Barrett said. “I think we’re on the right path for that, but to say we’re competitively excellent on the game plan? Not yet, but we have time to that we’re not playing the ball.”
Ohio State junior Lilli Piper rounds third base with the intent to score against Wright State on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternPenn State was unable to answer to Ohio State’s offense on Wednesday, dropping both games of a double-header by a combined score of 16-5. The Buckeyes improved to 26-8 overall and 7-4 in the Big Ten after dispatching the Nittany Lions, one of the worst teams in the conference.Game OneThe Buckeyes came alive in the sixth inning, scoring five runs runs in the bottom of the frame en route to a 9-1 win in the first game of the double-header.With just four hits and three walks, Penn State had no response to the Buckeyes’ offensive prowess..“I think our pitching was clutch when they had runners on and I think we were offensively clutch when we had runners on,” Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said. “The combination of those two things limited their runs and helped us get the runs we needed.”Junior right fielder Bri Betschel got the scoring started in the sixth inning with a two-run triple to five the Buckeyes a 6-1 lead. Freshman third baseman Niki Carver followed up the triple with a single that brought Betschel home.Senior center fielder Taylor White joined the hit parade with a triple to center field that scored Carver. White later scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-1.Although the sixth was the most eventful inning, the Buckeyes also scored two runs in the bottom of the first and one each in the third and fourth innings.Junior second baseman Emily Clark hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, driving in her 100th-career run.Senior left fielder Bailee Sturgeon scored on Clark’s home run and also crossed home plate in the third inning. Sturgeon hit the first triple of her career, then scored on a wild pitch.Senior pitcher Shelby McCombs struck out 10 batters in the winning effort and contributed to the scoring with a home run in the bottom of the fourth.Game Two:Though Ohio State managed 11 hits in the second game of the double-header compared to just nine in the first game, it was unable to cash in as frequently, leading to just a 7-4 victory..Despite the 11-hit performance, Clark, who went 0-for-4, said the Penn State senior pitcher Jessica Cummings kept the Buckeyes guessing during her complete game.“The first pitcher that we faced in the first game, we were kind of all over her and we were able to pick up her pitches pretty well,” said Clark. “The second pitcher was more spin-y and had us second guessing in and out.”Cummings allowed seven runs on 11 hits with two wild pitches, four hit batsmen and four walks.The second game went back and forth with each team answering the other’s runs. But Ohio State put up three runs in the fourth inning and two in the sixth, which proved to be the difference-maker in the win.Penn State scored a pair of runs in the third inning when sophomore pinch hitter Delaney Elling singled up the middle.Two of Ohio State’s runs came from senior first baseman Ashley Goodwin’s home run in the fourth, which was also her 100th career hit. Two additional runs came in the sixth, when Betschel tripled for an RBI allowing sophomore pinch runner Andi Farrah to score. White followed that up with a single to bring Betschel home. Eight of Ohio State’s 11 hits came off the bats of White, Sturgeon and McCombs, who combined to go 8-for-11.Next UpThe Buckeyes head to Evanston, Illinois, next to take on Northwestern in a three-game series beginning on at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
The Ohio State team celebrates after defensive lineman Dre’mont Jones recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorTraveling to East Lansing, Michigan, facing a team that has given it trouble in the past, No. 10 Ohio State got through its November game against No. 18 Michigan State, defeating the Spartans 26-6 on Saturday.Here are three things Ohio State can take from this game into its next matchup against Maryland on Nov. 17. Defensive line steps up After the Buckeyes’ win against Michigan State, junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper said every game against the Spartans, no matter the rank of the teams involved, is two things: tough and physical. The Spartans came in with a reputation to uphold, carrying the No. 1 rush defense in the country. But the Ohio State rush defense showed what it could do. The Buckeyes allowed 54 yards on 18 carries, with opposing backs averaging three yards per carry. But the majority of those rushing yards came on one single play. Michigan State redshirt freshman quarterback Rocky Lombardi recorded one 47-yard rush in the third quarter. Other than that, the Buckeye defensive front was stifling, allowing seven yards on 17 carries, including one yard for sophomore running back and leading rusher Connor Heyward. Ohio State also provided a consistent pressure in the backfield, getting both to Lombardi and redshirt junior quarterback Brian Lewerke in the backfield. Despite only recording two tackles for loss and no sacks, the Ohio State defensive line recorded six quarterback hits, including three by sophomore defensive end Chase Young. These quarterback rushes led to rushed throws by both quarterbacks, creating turnovers, including an interception by redshirt freshman safety Shaun Wade. Haskins continues to struggle Playing in the middle of mid-20s weather with consistent wind, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins feels like he did relatively well, other than a deep threat to redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin.“The deep ball I had to Terry, I let that one go,” Haskins said. “I probably should have taken a little bit off of that one, but otherwise than that, I was pretty accurate all day.” Haskins was accurate in terms of a normal quarterback. However, with the numbers he has put up this season, it still was a bit of a down game for the redshirt sophomore. Completing 68.3 percent of his passes this season, Haskins completed 61.5 percent of his throws on Saturday, the third-lowest percentage in a game for him this season. He also recorded the fewest passing yards in a single game this season, throwing for 227 yards, with his longest going for 25 yards. Haskins’ only touchdown pass against Michigan State was on a 1-yard shovel pass to redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell for the first score of the game. Yes, Haskins missed redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon twice because of drops, but the quarterback did not show that same electricity he has brought to games in the past. People can blame the weather, can blame the play-calling with the focus on the running game, especially after finding success with it last week against Nebraska. However, despite what Haskins said postgame, his stats show another down game for the quarterback. Ohio State secondary continues familiar narrative This might sound familiar. One Michigan State wide receiver, sophomore Cody White, brought in eight of his 14 targets for a season high 115 yards, the second highest total of his career. White led the team in targets, recording five more than the second-most. The Spartans focused on one receiver, in a similar way to what Purdue did with freshman Rondale Moore or Nebraska did split between senior Stanley Morgan Jr. and sophomore JD Spielman. The Ohio State secondary did find success against both Lewerke and Lombardi, allowing 37.5 percent of their passes to be complete, with the help of a consistently rushing defensive line. The secondary broke up seven passes as a team on Saturday. Junior linebacker Malik Harrison and sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, who returned from injury on Saturday, recorded two. Redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette also recorded one on a nice one-on-one coverage play in the first quarter. But the narrative continues. An opposing quarterback finds a favorite receiver to target against Ohio State with the Buckeyes’ secondary having trouble stopping him.
Wallace’s attack comes as the latest series of Bake Off gets under way, with 12 hopeful cooks battling for Berry and fellow judge Paul Hollywood’s approval. Berry told Good Housekeeping about her desire to make children more healthy.”Many people think children must have chips. I don’t think any household should have a deep-fat fryer,” she said. “I never fry a doughnut. If you want a doughnut, go and buy one once in a blue moon. It’s about everything in moderation.” MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace has waded into the deep-fat fryer row, claiming that Mary Berry’s criticism of the kitchen appliance is “an attack on our British way of life”. The Great British Bake Off judge told Good Housekeeping magazine that she does not think any home should contain a deep-fat fryer. She also spoke out against fizzy drinks for children.Now Wallace has launched a withering attack on the 81-year-old food writer, saying that “our nation was built on chips and spam fritters”. He added that Berry’s stance against the appliance “isn’t just an assault on the deep-fat fryer but on the traditional British psyche”. Wallace, 51, said that while “we probably did use the fryer a little bit too much” when he was young, fatty food is fine in moderation. Gregg Wallace at his restaurant, Wallace and Co, in Putney, London, which closed in 2014Credit:REX/Shutterstock The line-up for this year’s Bake OffCredit:Mark Bourdillon Writing in The Sun, he said: “Just thinking about it takes me back to happy times when what we call dinner now was known as ‘tea’ and we ate it around five o’clock. Dinner was what you had at school at midday.”The smell of deep-fat frying was universal back then, wasn’t it? It brought families and friends together.”I love Mary dearly but this is an attack on our British way of life. We fry things, that’s what we do. It’s like banning the wok in China or outlawing the pizza oven in Italy. It’s ludicrous.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The decision was taken because it “may contain shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC), a type of bacteria that is potentially harmful to health,” FSS said.The cheeses affected are Dunsyre Blue with the relevant batch number and best-before dates between September 18 and October 18 this year.Dunsyre Baby cheese, with best-before dates between September 21 and October 11 2016, is also subject to the recall, FSS said.E. coli O157 infection can occur after eating food or drinking water that may be contaminated with the faeces from infected animals, or from contact with animals or their environments. The experts told us they were confused and concerned by the testing methodology adopted by the laboratoryErrington Cheese statement The organisation said Errington Cheese had not voluntarily withdrawn the product, so it was initiating the withdrawal of batch G14 from the marketplace.The statement continued: “FSS and South Lanarkshire Council’s investigations into food safety related to unpasteurised cheese produced by Errington Cheese Ltd are ongoing.”Actions will continue to be determined by what is necessary to protect public health and the interests of consumers.”Errington Cheese said it was conducting its own tests.A statement published on the firm’s website said: “We take food safety as our priority and when we were told of the presumptive E.coli O157 result we immediately consulted experts in dairy microbiology.”The experts told us they were confused and concerned by the testing methodology adopted by the laboratory. We have given careful consideration to this and to the fact that the cheese has been on the market for three weeks now with absolutely no reported incidence of illness.”We have arranged for the sample of the same cheese tested by the authorities to be tested and the results will be ready on Monday when we will review the situation and post an update.”Meanwhile, an investigation by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has begun into the death of the three-year-old girl in Dunbartonshire on September 2.The child was among 20 confirmed cases of infection with E.coli O157, with 11 of those requiring hospital treatment.Authorities looking into the outbreak found those affected had consumed Dunsyre Blue before they became unwell. All confirmed cases became unwell before the end of July.During that month, two Dunsyre Blue batches were voluntarily recalled, while on Thursday, Errington Cheese also instigated the “precautionary recall” of third batch of the product. Scotland’s food agency has called for a further batch of cheese to be withdrawn from sale because it may contain E. coli.Food Standards Scotland (FSS) said a sample from a batch of Lanark White, made by Lanarkshire-based Errington Cheese, has tested positive for E. coli O157.A different brand of cheese made by the same firm had been linked to an E. coli outbreak in which a three-year-old girl died.In July, two batches of Dunsyre Blue were voluntarily recalled, and earlier this week a third was taken off the market as a “precautionary” measure. Dunsyre Blue was previously recalled after a three-year-old girl died during an E.coli outbreak linked to the cheeseCredit:PA/FSS Officials said investigations showed a number of those affected had consumed Dunsyre Blue FSS has issued a Food Alerts for Action (FAFA) calling for batch G14 of Lanark White to be immediately recalled from sale. It said the products would have been purchased between August 22 and September 10.A statement from FSS said: “A sample from a batch of Lanark White submitted for testing by South Lanarkshire Council has tested positive for E. coli O157.”Although this organism may not carry shiga toxins, it is associated with human disease in the UK, so this cheese is a potential risk to health.”Lanark White, a white cheese made from unpasteurised sheep’s milk, is known to be supplied by Errington Cheese to wholesalers, who in turn supply to retail and catering establishments.The product is mainly provided to specialist cheese shops, delicatessens, hotels and restaurants, FSS said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Mr Laessing receiving a Prevention of Harassment Letter from the police after repeatedly contacting the girlCredit:Oli Scarff Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. His repeated contact with the girl, despite her asking him to stop, led to Mr Laessing receiving a Prevention of Harassment Letter from the police. He also attempted to contact the girl’s friends on social media.The NCTL panel found that Mr Laessing’s conduct was of a “serious nature” and bought the profession into disrepute.Its panel outcome said the teacher “made inappropriate telephone, text message and social media contact with children”.A spokesman for St Paul’s School said the school is “fully committed to ensuring that our standard of safeguarding provision is of the highest level”.It went on: “Working closely with the police and the LADO, Mr Laessing was dismissed following allegations which related to conduct outside of school. None of the allegations were relating to any pupils at St Paul’s.“The School, acting in accordance with employment law and in line with the School’s statutory safeguarding procedures, passed the matter onto the NCTL.” A teacher at one of Britain’s best private schools has been sacked for sending inappropriate messages to young girls.Thomas Laessing, a mathematics teacher and head of tennis at St Paul’s School’s junior department, was warned by police to stop harassing one of the youngsters who had asked him to leave her alone.He had got hold of a young girl’s contact details from a “crew list” which he was given while working as a tutor on a sailing course.Mr Laessing continuously harassed a girl – known only as Child A – over three months, an National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) panel found.
“Management and doormen should always using their discretion in venues rather than upholding a blanket ban on Christmas jumpers,” he said. Mr Everett said he had been turned away from one bar in Bradford because he had been wearing a Christmas jumper alongside his wife. “It is very annoying when it happens”, he added. Alan Miller, the chairman of the Night Time Industries Association, said that is was the prerogative of any premises to decide who can leave or enter.“They are the ones who the responsibility falls on,” he said. “If they think certain types of people wearing certain types of things will be bad for business then it is up to them. We support premises making that type of decision.”Save the Children, which promotes an annual Christmas Jumper Day to raise money, said it was not aware of widespread problems but admitted some pubs and clubs had banned Christmas jumpers. Managers have said those wearing Christmas jumpers “ruin” the night for other partiesCredit: Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph The Record Cafe in Bradford upholds a similar rule, preventing customers from wearing Christmas jumpers to the bar in the evenings.Keith Wildman, owner of the bar, said he banned Christmas jumpers as they were often worn by “lads who go out to get smashed in as many bars as possible”. He added that the ban acted as a warning to groups he thought would not want to go to the bar anyway. “It is about preserving the atmosphere. They upset the staff, they upset the customers,” he said. “The jumpers were mildly funny six years ago but now they are not.” We don’t want 15 lads all dressed in Christmas jumpers making a beeline for the bar and making life difficult for othersAlan Murphy One trade group has defended the decision, claiming establishments should be able to stop anyone they want to from entering bars and restaurantsCredit:Eddie MulhollandSource: Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Meanwhile, agency door staff in York allegedly turned away customers from the Biltmore Bar and Grill on the same grounds. The bar apologised the next day on Facebook and insisted it was not its policy.It comes after Job Centre staff in Manchester and drivers at Lothian Buses in Edinburgh were also banned from wearing Christmas jumpers amid fears they may look unprofessional. A member of door staff who works in Torquay told The Sunday Telegraph that those wearing Christmas jumpers were increasingly being treated the same groups in fancy dress, including morph suits, and stag dos.The worker, who wanted to remain anonymous, said people were often stopped from coming in in case they misbehaved or “act laddy”, for example, shouting and swearing in the bar. Mark Everett, the founder of UK-based company Cheesy Christmas Jumpers, said banning the items did not make sense. Trade groups defended the right of any establishment to prevent anyone they want to from entering bars and restaurants.Premises in Hull, Bradford and York have been pulled up on the issue on social media, with customers complaining they have been treated similarly to those wearing over-the-top fancy dress costumes.Alan Murphy, who runs three establishments in Hull, put a sign in one of his pub’s windows to alert customers that festive jumpers would not be allowed after 8pm.Mr Murphy described the ban as being the same as some upmarket restaurants not allowing sportswear. “We don’t want 15 lads all dressed in Christmas jumpers making a beeline for the bar and making life difficult for others,” he said. “There are much larger pubs, which can hold 400 to 500, who are happy to allow large groups in.” Every Christmas needs its Scrooge and, this year, bar and restaurant owners have been accused of “bah humbug” and miserly behaviour after banning Christmas jumpers.Across the country, people wearing festive woolly knitwear have been stopped from going into places of entertainment amid fears the garments signal that they might have been enjoying a little too much Christmas spirit.Managers say that those wearing Christmas jumpers often “ruin” the night for other parties by being boisterous or loud. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The Church of England has called on parliamentary candidates not to “exploit the faith” of their opponents during the General Election. In a joint letter the Archbishops of Canterbury and York told Church of England members that “the religious faith of any election candidate should not be treated by opponents as a vulnerability to be exploited”. The letter said: “We look forward to a media and political climate where all candidates can feel confident that they can be open about the impact of their faith on their vocation to public service.”Last month Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, who is an evangelical Christian, was questioned on his views about homosexuality on Channel 4 News, and refused to clarify his position on whether gay sex was a sin. Last week he told the BBC: “I don’t believe gay sex is a sin.“I take the view that as a political leader though my job is not to pontificate on theological matters.”The Archbishops also alluded to concerns about immigration. The letter said: “Offering a generous and hospitable welcome to refugees and migrants is a vital expression of our common humanity, but it is not without cost and we should not be deaf to the legitimate concerns that have been expressed about the scale of population flows and the differential impact it has on different parts of society.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. In 2015 the Archbishops’ letter was criticised by Conservative MP Nadine Dorries for a message which she said was “left-wing leaning”.The letter condemned inequality as “evil” and said Britain had been “dominated” by “rampant consumerism and individualism” since the Thatcher era. This year’s message celebrates “marriage, the family and the household” as “foundations for a good society” and encourages Christians to “set aside apathy and cynicism and to participate, and encourage others to do the same.” They also said religion may have the answer to the growing threat of extremism, adding that politicians “must also recognise that solutions will not be found simply in further secularisation of the public realm. Mainstream religious communities have a central role to play.”
I feel a #BritishThreatLevels coming on… https://t.co/lmb25Dat7o— Andrea Mann 👍 (@AndreaMann) May 24, 2017 #BritishThreatLevels your mate only buys skimmed pic.twitter.com/GCLzXsdthp— Lindsay Dodgson (@linzasaur) May 24, 2017 Suddenly remembering that you made a cup of tea 30 minutes ago and then downing it in one lukewarm go. #BritishThreatLevels— James Melville (@JamesMelville) May 24, 2017 Faced with the grim news that the UK’s terror threat level has been raised from ‘severe’ to ‘critical’ in the wake of the attack in Manchester – meaning that another incident could be imminent – British social media users have responded with aplomb. Refusing to be cowed by the threat of violence, Twitter user NickMotown tweeted a message of defiance saying: “We’re British. You can’t scare us until you raise the threat level to ‘I’m sorry, but there’s only continental breakfast left'”.Jeremy Cook expressed similar sentiments with a tweet saying: “We’re British. I don’t get scared until the threat level hits ‘Replacement Bus Service'”.Inspired by their tweets, Andrea Mann created the hashtag #BritishThreatLevels, which has been a top trend throughout Wednesday as social media users catalogued the many and varied things that really get to Britons. #BritishThreatLevels “would you mind sharing this table?”— Stuart Millar (@stuartmillar159) May 24, 2017 #BritishThreatLevels We’re British, you don’t scare us until you raise the threat level to: “The only tea we have is Lipton.”— Laura Knight (@lauraknight888) May 24, 2017 When you congratulate a lady on her pregnancy and ask her when it’s due and she tells you she had the baby 6 months ago #BritishThreatLevels— Ray Gin (@pureraygin) May 24, 2017 Excuse me, but is this seat taken?#BritishThreatLevels— Ruth Davidson (@RuthDavidsonMSP) May 24, 2017 “Now for a team-building exercise.” #BritishThreatLevels— The Secret Barrister (@BarristerSecret) May 24, 2017 #BritishThreatLevels We’ve run out of teabags.— Andrea Mann 👍 (@AndreaMann) May 24, 2017 #BritishThreatLevels Someone going in for a second kiss on the other cheek.— Andrea Mann 👍 (@AndreaMann) May 24, 2017 #BritishThreatLevels Making a squeaking noise on a chair and doing it again even louder so everyone knows the 1st one was not a fart.— BFG (@BFGcontrol) May 24, 2017 #BritishThreatLevels you’ve already said “thanks” “cheers” and “tah” after someones held 3 doors open for you and have run out of words— Harry Spindler (@harryspindle) May 24, 2017 The dilemma of how long you have to pretend to look around the shop that you have mistakenly visited.#BritishThreatLevels— James Melville (@JamesMelville) May 24, 2017 The temperature goes below 5°C or above 20°C #BritishThreatLevels— Ross Lawson (@Ross_Lawson) May 24, 2017 #BritishThreatLevels “let’s all go around the table and say a little bit about ourselves”— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) May 24, 2017 You bump into an acquaintance and it’s clear neither of you want to speak but social etiquette dictates you have to #BritishThreatLevels— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) May 24, 2017 #BritishThreatLevels Speak to your dad. He just wants a word.— Cromerty York 🎙 (@Cromerty) May 24, 2017 @AndreaMann #BritishThreatLevels “The milk is off” which then escalates to – “and the shops are shut”— Rob Fleming (@r0bfleming) May 24, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The person next to you on the train constantly texting with their keyboard clicks still on. #BritishThreatLevels— David Schneider (@davidschneider) May 24, 2017 There is a special place in my heart for British people’s reaction to clear + present danger. This is what I mean: #BritishThreatLevels— Sharon Spiteri (@shaspi) May 24, 2017 “Great, I’m heading in the same direction.” #BritishThreatLevels— Flic Everett (@fliceverett) May 24, 2017
WhatsApp – a messaging app that uses the internet rather than a mobile phone signal to send texts and pictures – is among… Amber Rudd, who is meeting representatives of WhatsApp in California today, says “real people” do not need such high levels of security, which has hindered the security services in their attempts to detect terrorist plots. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Ms Rudd said that this year’s spate of terrorist attacks had shown once again how terrorists use online platforms to “inspire and plan their acts of violence”. Online messaging services such as WhatsApp should stop using “unbreakable” encryption software because it only benefits terrorists, the Home Secretary suggests today.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Scientists at the University of Exeter, King’s College London and the University of Bergen tracked162 dementia patients, half of whom were given the drug, with the remainder given a placebo.They found 52 per cent of those put on the opiates suffered such ill-effects that they stopped treatment, with personality changes, confusion and sedation among the most common problems.Among the control group, 13.3 per cent suffered such effects.Researchers called for an urgent review of the use of such drugs in order to prevent unnecessary harm and deaths.Around half of people with dementia who are living in care homes experience clinically significant pain. Painkillers which are routinely given to dementia patients can triple the chance of suffering harmful side effects and personality changes, research suggests.The study involving UK scientists found more than half of those given the drugs suffered adverse effects, with many increasingly confused and sedated by drugs which were supposed to treat pain.Up to 40 per cent of dementia patients living in care homes are given opioid-based painkillers, such as the drug buprenorphine.Researchers said the use of such pills was “doing more harm than good”, calling for an urgent review of their use. At the moment we’re harming people when trying to ease their painProfessor Clive Ballard Previous research has recognised that pain is often under-diagnosed and poorly managed in people with dementia, impacting on quality of life.Professor Clive Ballard, from the University of Exeter, said: “Pain is a symptom that can cause huge distress and it’s important that we can provide relief to people with dementia.”Sadly at the moment we’re harming people when we’re trying to ease their pain. We urgently need more research in this area, and we must get this dosing right.”The findings were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2018 in Chicago.